Tsuchiura Castle 土浦城
Founder Imaizumi Saburo
Year early 1600's
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Kijo
Structure 2 levels, 2 stories (higashi yagura)
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture
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Access Tsuchiura Station (Joban Line), 15 minute walk
Website Tsuchiura City Sightseeing
Visited April 29, 2003; May 5, 2016
Visitor Info. Park is open any time. The Higashi Yagura is open irregularly. | Time Required: 30 mins
Notes A nice site with several buildings in a very small area. It's a short walk from the station so please stop by if you are in the area.
History A castle was likely established on this site as a fortified home by Imaizumi Saburo, a vassal of the Oda. The site was likely renovated into an Edo Period castle by one of the lords (Matsudaira, Nishio, Kutsuki) in the first half of the 17th Century. The lands ruled from Tsuchiura Castle grew to their greatest size under the Tsuchiya clan who ruled all but 5 years of the span 1669-1869. This was the second largest fief in Hitachi after that of Mito. After the Meiji Restoration, the castle was used for government offices and in 1898 the last Tsuchiya officially donated the castle to the city of Tsuchiura.
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  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    June 07, 2015 at 03:05 AM
    Small, well maintained sadly not a lot to see.
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Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tsuchiura Castle views
Taiko Yagura Gate Maekawaguchi Gate
Maekawaguchi Gate Kasumi Gate
Kasumi Gate Uchibori moat
Uchibori moat Uchibori moat
Entrance Ninomaru moat
Nishi Yagura Honmaru embankment
Taiko Yagura Gate Taiko Gate
Taiko Gate Roof tiles of the Taiko Gate
Reconstructed wall Reconstructed wall
Reconstructed wall with stone chute Higashi Yagura
Masugata entrance Honmaru entrance
Higashi Yagura, moat and walls Taiko Gate
Ninomaru earthen embankment Ninomaru moat